white spruce


Definition of white spruce

1 : any of several spruces especially : a widely distributed spruce (Picea glauca) of coniferous forests of Canada and the northern U.S. that has short stiff blue-green needles and slender cones — see cone illustration
2 : the wood of a white spruce especially : the light pale tough straight-grained wood of the common white spruce (Picea glauca) used especially for construction and as a source of paper pulp

Examples of white spruce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are still plenty of jack and red pines, white spruce, red oak, black walnut and various other shrubs available. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2021 Edwards looked at core samples from white spruce trees living in the wilds of Mancha Creek, which flows into the Firth River near the Alaska/Yukon border, and growing on the flanks of Sukakpak Mountain, near Coldfoot. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2020 Of the species of woods used for log homes, this one has the lightest color and is sometimes called white spruce. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2019 In the northernmost boreal forests of Alaska, where trees and tundra meet, Griffin and his students have installed thirty-six dendrometers on white spruce trees. M. R. O’connor, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of white spruce

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“White spruce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20spruce. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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